May 1, 2006

Annual Counselor’s Breakfast highlights alumna

Almuna Tricia Snider addresses attendees at the annual High School Counselor’s Breakfast hosted by the Admissions department.

At the annual High School Counselors Breakfast held on Friday, April 28, alumna Tricia Snider, a 2001 Columbus State graduate, told the counselors and Columbus State employees how her education at Columbus State prepared her for her job as district manager for Aldi Incorporated.

As district manager, Snider manages five stores in and around central Ohio, traveling to the various stores to make sure the operations run smoothly for the international retailer specializing in a limited assortment of private label, high-quality products.

Snider, who played basketball and ran cross-country at Columbus State, described her memories of the friendships she made at Columbus State as “priceless.”

She also described her easy transfer to Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business.

She said, “When I graduated from Ohio State in June 2003 I had earned a bachelor’s degree for roughly $10,000. This is less than one year of tuition at a lot of schools, and I did the whole thing for that price. Three weeks after my $10,000 investment, I began my first job at Aldi, where I was making well above the market value and had a company car. Four years earlier, when I’d asked myself if I was making the right decision (to attend Columbus State)—I could now answer without a doubt, ‘Absolutely!’”

Marketing the college and its services to the counselors from throughout central Ohio were Tari Blaney, director of admissions, Will Kopp, vice president for Institutional Advancement, Dick Bickerstaff, chair of Engineering, and David Hockenbery, dean of Arts and Sciences. Representatives from Admissions, Student Life and Advising Services, K-12, Financial Aid, Disability Services, Developmental Education, Career and Technologies, and Records and Registration led breakout sessions.

Columbus State progressive in leadership training
Columbus State’s Leadership Institute program is spreading off campus.

After working with Progressive Medical, Inc., a nationwide, managed care and health care cost containment company, on supervisory skills training modules and providing feedback on coaching, Charles Boltwood, consultant with Business and Industry Training Services, thought the company was ready to move beyond skills training.

Having gone through Columbus State’s Leadership Institute, Boltwood approached Progressive with the idea of teaching their employees that anyone can be a leader, no matter what their position in the company. With core values of endorsing the continuous education of their associates in today’s best practices for life and business, Progressive was open to the idea.

To help pitch the idea, Boltwood took Shah Hasan, director of Human Capacity Development, with him to Progressive to discuss the Columbus State Leadership Institute’s focus on developing personal leadership and competencies relating to leading change through group projects, discussions of books on leadership development, and retreats throughout the eight-month program.

Shah Hasan, center, facilitates a discussion on leadership.

Progressive Medical liked the concept. Columbus State’s President Moeller agreed to have Human Capacity Development duplicate the program at Progressive Medical with Moeller mentoring the company through its inaugural group.

More than 40 employees filled out an application and were interviewed, with 15 people selected. Boltwood says, “This first group of 15 is a group of excited and motivated people.”

During their retreat in March, Progressive Medical associates engage in a team building exercise to create the tallest structure out of straws.

To kick off the Institute at Progressive, a retreat was held March 15–17 at the company’s training center in Westerville. At the retreat, Columbus State employees discussed several aspects of leadership. Hasan moderated the sessions and lead discussions on leadership. Kate Harkin, coordinator of staff training and development in Human Resources, discussed appreciative inquiry. Boltwood discussed customer relationships, whether a customer can ever be a leader of the organization, and what can be learned from an organization’s customers.

In addition, Ray Forbes from Franklin University discussed the various styles of decision making, and Progressive’s president and CEO David Bianconi interviewed Hasan concerning Columbus State’s Institute and was on hand to answer employee’s questions about leadership and the Institute at Progressive.

The participants have been divided into three teams of five people each with the charge of addressing different aspects of employee satisfaction. Through September, the teams will work on separate projects related to: retention and the best practices and ways to keep employees at the company; communications and ways to better develop communications with employees and customers; and recruiting and the best ways and places to find good employees for the company.

On June 9, the group will meet again for a one-day retreat on leadership to report on the progress of their projects and hear Dr. Moeller discuss a variety of leadership topics.

From left, Columbus State’s Shah Hasan and Charles Boltwood take a break with members of Progressive Medical’s first Leadership Institute.

At the conclusion of the Leadership Institute in September, the three projects will conclude at a day-long training seminar. The day’s big events will include teams reporting on their six-month projects, lunch cooked by President Bianconi, and a graduation ceremony with Dr. Moeller handing out the certificates.

“The exciting thing about this partnership is that this is the first time that Columbus State’s Leadership Institute has been taken out into the business community,” says Boltwood. “This is a great way for Columbus State and Progressive to create a community of leadership.”


Faculty works highlighted in ERC exhibit
A new exhibit opening today at the ERC, “Published Faculty at CSCC,” will showcase Columbus State faculty who have had their articles, books, or photographs published. The exhibit will be on display on Level 1 of Columbus Hall through May 31.


Columbus State hosts Ohio Medieval Colloquium
On April 8, 21medieval scholars from across Ohio came to Columbus State to share ideas, participate in the delivery of academic papers, and reflect upon presentations at the Ohio Medieval Colloquium hosted by Columbus State’s Humanities Department.

The biannual event was coordinated by Associate Professor of Humanities Mark Bocija with assistance from Instructor Dr. Tim Davis and Office Associate Susan Covey.

Dr. Richard F. Green, director of Ohio State’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, professor in OSU’s English Department, and current coordinator of the Ohio Medieval Colloquium, facilitated the gathering.

Davis delivered a paper entitled “Who was the Real Balian of Ibelin? (How far did Hollywood’s 'Kingdom of Heaven' stray from the medieval chronicles?).” Other topics of discussion included: relics, place and power; T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding;” Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath’s Tale;” Malory’s “Le Morte D’Arthur;” and the politics of accountability in the 13th-Century Norman Church.

Green says, “The day’s events were one of the best Ohio Medieval gatherings in recent memory.”

Columbus State previously hosted the Medieval Colloquium in the spring of 2003.



Student Kerr named international vice president of Phi Theta Kappa
Student David Kerr was named international vice president–Division I of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honors society for students at two-year colleges, on April 22 at Phi Theta Kappa’s 88th International Convention in Seattle.

By the terms of the society's constitution, international officers are elected by the delegate body at each year's International Convention, and serve one-year terms. Holding an international office is considered the highest pinnacle of leadership within Phi Theta Kappa.

As international vice president, Kerr will maintain regular correspondence with chapters in his division, represent the Society at regional meetings and educational conferences, and preside at the International Convention and Honors Institute. Kerr will represent 345 chapters and six regional organizations encompassing the Carolinas, the middle states, New England, New York, Ohio, and the Virginias.


Introducing one of Columbus State’s newest partners: USI Midwest
In December, Columbus State bid out the college’s health care consulting services to better serve employees. Members of the Health Care Committee helped make the recommendation to engage USI MidWest to be our consulting partner/broker.

USI MidWest is the nation’s ninth largest insurance consultancy/brokerage, providing the college with expertise, resources, and leverage to deliver solutions for our employee benefits programs and wellness initiatives.

Over the last several months, with USI MidWest’s help, Human Resources has been launching several new and expanded initiatives. These include:
• A new employee benefits Web site providing access to comprehensive benefits information, as well as access to leading health and wellness resources. To access the site, go to, and type in “CSCC” for the ID, and “benefits” for the password.

• An expanded Flexible Spending Account, using debit cards to simplify payment and avoid any reimbursement delays.

• An expanded Wellness Fair on May 5 during In-Service Day, featuring health risk assessments, blood screenings, targeted wellness resources, and much more.

• Planning the development of a comprehensive Wellness Program.

Be sure to take advantage of these new and expanded offerings, and watch for future initiatives. If you have questions, contact Human Resources at ext. 2408 or Scott Lyons at USI MidWest at 1-877-778-7469.


“The Matrix Monitor” provides helpful information for personal growth
The May 2006 edition of “The Matrix Monitor” includes information on ways to increase your influence, develop a personal and professional five-year plan, guard your teen online, and treat chronic stress. To read this publication by Columbus State’s EAP provider Matrix, click here.